Latin Phrases and Quotes


Latin is not a dead language. Here you can find hundreds of Latin phrases that are still in used today.

  1. Plus aequo - More than just
  2. Plus minusve - More or less (Legal term)
  3. Plus petitio - Additional amount than requested (Legal term)
  4. Plus potest qui plus valet - Who can do more is stronger (Motto of Valentines)
  5. Plus ratio quam vis - Reason can do more than force.
  6. Plus ultra - Beyond (Motto of Spain)
  7. Poenitentia Gloriosa - Glorious Penitence (Pope Alexander VIII (1689-1691) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  8. Poeta nascitur, non fit - The poet is born, is not mad
  9. Pontifex Maximus - Supreme Pontiff (abbreviated as P.m )
  10. Popule meus, quid feci tibi? - My people, what have you done?
  11. Populorum progressio - The development of the people (Encyclical written by Pope Paul VI)
  12. Populus me sibilat at mihi plaudo Ipse domi simul ac nummos contemplar in arca - People hiss at me, but I applaude myself in my own house, and at the same time contemplate the money in my chest (Horace - Satire - on greed)
  13. Porro unum est necessarium - Only one thing is necessary (Latin Vulgate Bible - Said by Jesus Christ)
  14. Posse Comitatus - Force of the County (Legal Term - Common Law)
  15. Possunt quia posse videntur - They can, because they think they can (Virgil)
  16. Post caritas Pestum - After charity plague
  17. Post coitum tristitia - After intercourse sadness
  18. Post Data - After the date (Compare with Post Scriptum - Used in correspondence when a comment is added on a different day - abbreviated as PD)
  19. Post festum - After the party (too late)
  20. Post festum, pestum - After the holiday, plague.
  21. Post hoc, ergo propter hoc - After this, therefore as consequence of (Philosophical term used in logic - indicates a fallacy in reasoning, the preceding events could be irrelevant to the supposed effect)
  22. Post imbren nescitur herba; post postrivium, verba - After the rain the grass grows, after the wine, the words.
  23. Post Meridiem - Past Meridian (Afternoon after 12:00 - abbreviated as PM)
  24. Post mortem - After the death (Autopsy)
  25. Post mortem nihil est - After death there’s nothing
  26. Post mortem nihil, ipsaque mors nihil - After the death nothing, death itself is nothing (Seneca)
  27. Post Nubila Phoebus - After darkness theres light (Motto of the University of Zulia in Venezuela)
  28. Post partum - After delivery
  29. Post pisces nux sit, post carnes caseus adsit - After fish, nuts; After the of meat, cheese (Medical advise to separate these foods)
  30. Post Scriptum - Written after (Compare with Post Data - Used in correspondence when a comment is added later on the same day - abbreviated as PS)
  31. Post tenebras lux - The light after darkness
  32. Post tenebras spero lucem - I hope there’s light after darkness (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Motto of Don Quixote of the Mancha. In his shield next to a falcon and a lion)
  33. Postmoerium - After the wall (hence "pomerium or pomoerium", which was the border of the holy city of Rome)
  34. Potes currere sed te occulere non potes - You can run, but not hide
  35. Potestas omnium rerum - Extraordinary powers (Legal term)
  36. Potius mori quam foedari - Die before tarnishing the honor
  37. Prae manibus - The scope of the hand (at hand)
  38. Praeceptores suos adulescens veneratur et suspicit - The young man respected and admired his teachers
  39. Praeclarius est id virtutem assequi - Much more is to achieve this excellent virtue (Motto of the family Bruguera)
  40. Praecursor Siciliae - A Fore-Runner from Sicily (Pope Innocent VIII (1484-1492) motto, according to Saint Malachy prophecies)
  41. Praefectus annonae - Prefect of supplies to the city.
  42. Praefectus praetorio - Prefect of the Praetorian
  43. Praefectus urbi - Rome Prefect.
  44. Praefectus vigilium - Prefect of vigilance (police and fire).)
  45. Praeferre patriam liberis parentes decet - Should prefer freedom more than parents
  46. Praerogativa - Prerogative (Privilege)
  47. Praescriptio longi temporis - Possession by prescriptive right (Legal term)
  48. Praesente cadavere - With this corpse present (Legal term)
  49. Praeterea censeo Carthaginem esse delendam - Furthermore, I remain of the view that we should destroy Carthage (Marco Porcia Cato, Political and General Roman Censor 234-149 BC - He said this phrase after of all his speaches)
  50. Praetor a suis volebat amari - The magistrate wanted to be loved by his family
  51. Praetor urbanus - Urban magistrate.
  52. Praetus peregrinus - Peregrine praetor (Legal term - Manager of the administration of justice among people of various nationalities)
  53. Pretium Confessus - Price of confesion
  54. Pretium Doloris - Price of pain
  55. Pretium iustum mathematicum licet soli Deo notum - The price depends on many circumstances that only God knows
  56. Pretium Vilis - Low price
  57. Prima cratera ad sitim pertinet, secunda ad hilaritatem, tertia ad voluptatem, quarta ad insaniam - The first cup is for the thirst, the second for the joy, the third for pleasure, the fourth to the madness
  58. Prima Facie - At first sight
  59. Prima luce - First light (at dawn)
  60. Prima non datur et ultima dispensatur - The first is not given and last is forgiven
  61. Primo mihi - First for me.
  62. Primo occupandi - To the first occupant
  63. Primo sic - In first place, like this.
  64. Primum non nocere - First, do no harm
  65. Primum non nocere - The first thing is to do no harm (Medical term is applied when you have to take a decision on a patient, so that the benefit is greater than the damage it can do)
  66. Primum vivere, deinde philosophari! - Live first and philosophize later (Philosophical term)
  67. Primus circumdedisti me - First to surround (Motto inscribed on the coat of arms of Juan Sebastian Elcano, who accompanied navigator Ferdinand Magellan in the first voyage around the world - Today is the name of the school-ship of the Spanish Armada)
  68. Primus inter pares - First among equals
  69. Primus millum paxarorum est - The first corn is for the bird
  70. Primus pilus prior - Primary of the first cohort (Senior Centurion of a legion)
  71. Princeps civium - The first of the citizens (title used by the emperor Octavian Caesar Augustus )
  72. Principiis obsta - Resist at the beginning (Withstand the first approaches or encroachments)
  73. Principium importans ordinem ad actum - Principle governing the act
  74. Prior in tempore, potior in iure - First in time, best in the Law (Legal term)
  75. Prius est esse - Before is being

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